Celtic Manor may be the Welsh golf course on everybody’s lips as it prepares to host the Ryder Cup later this year, but there are hundreds of other venues across the country and if you are looking for a great golfing weekend you may wish to consider Anglesey.
Of all the possible UK weekends away, a trip to the island offers attractions that nowhere else can match. For example, no place in Britain has a name as long as the 58-letter Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This village is also the sight of one of the most visually striking attractions on the island, the Marquis of Anglesey’s Column. The Marquis was a senior officer in the battle of Waterloo and while his column is not as tall as Nelson’s, unlike the structure in Trafalgar Square this is a hollow column with a spiral staircase inside leading to a viewing platform just below the statue on top.
The column is one of many great sights you may see on golfing weekends in Anglesey, which could start with a drive over the impressive Menai t Suspension Bridge, which was designed by Thomas Telford. As well as the dramatic scenery of the straits that separate Anglesey from the mainland, the bridge itself is a stunning sight, with its huge chains anchored at either end.
Getting to the island is easy and one of the attractions of Anglesey, particularly from the north where fast routes via motorways and other roads put it the island within easy reach of major cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
Anglesey has six golf courses and a seventh – Holyhead Golf Club – is on nearby Holy Island, a separate island that can only be reached by bridge from Anglesey. If you are undertaking a golf weekend here a three-day itinerary would include Anglesey Golf Club, Holyhead Golf Club and Bull Bay Golf Club at Amlwch. These courses are all very different from each other, which should provide lots of variety and also a chance to improve different aspects of your game as you spend hours each day teeing off, driving and putting in all sorts of terrain and layouts.
Anglesey Golf Club is a links course that lies low by the sand dunes and heath on the island’s south-west coast at Rhosneigr, with lots of greens and streams – so good aim is needed to stay out of the water.
Holyhead Golf Club has a reputation of being one of the best in Wales and it has accommodation on site, which may be where you get to stay, giving you very easy access to the course. Like the Anglesey Golf Club, this also has dune and heathland terrain, with panoramic views across the Irish Sea, across which ferries sail to dock at the nearby terminal, ensuring you will hear a few Irish voices during your visit.
Bull Bay has two distinctions, being the northernmost golf course in Wales and also a favourite of David Lloyd George, who was prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and was raised in north Wales. This course is on a stunning clifftop location with superb sea views and dramatic scenery all around, where greens at different heights offer various challenges that differ from those found on other courses.
While enjoying golf weekend packages, you may still find some time away from the course to enjoy Anglesey’s other attractions. Apart from columns and long place names, there is more of the coast to explore if you wish, although it would take several days to complete a trek of the Anglesey Coastal Path. However, there are beaches such as the golden sands of Red Wharf Bay and the pebbles at Moelfre, while those who enjoy the history of north Wales can visit Beaumaris Castle, which, while it appears to be a ruin, was in fact never completed.
Beaumaris itself also has two local courses and wherever you go on Anglesey you should find both good golf and great scenery, not to mention language and culture. And with the mainland so close via the Menai Bridge, you can also easily access the rest of north Wales if you wish, with its many castles, mountains and other attractions. However, the likelihood is that with golf clubs in hand and so much to do, you are likely to want to stay on Anglesey as long as you can and make the most of a great weekend on a beautiful island.